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What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is violent, aggressive or abusive behavior against a person stemming from one of the following relationships with the aggressor: married, divorced, separated, registered domestic partnership, have a child together, dating or used to date, live together or used to live together, or you are related by blood, marriage or adoption. What is Abuse?              Under Family Code section 6203, “abuse” means any of the following four acts: (1) Intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury; (2) Committing sexual assault; (3) Placing a person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to that person or another; (4)Read More →

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The process of getting a divorce in California starts by one of the spouses filling out and filing with the Superior Court a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (judicial council form FL-100) and Summons (FL-110). If minor children are involved, then the spouse filing for divorce must also fill out and file a Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) – judicial council form FL-105/GC-120. If you are represented by a family law attorney, then he or she will collect the factual information from you, and will facilitate the filing process.  Once the Superior Court accepts the Petition, Summons (and UCCJEA if theRead More →